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Wednesday Evening Falcon Watch - 10/29/14

October 29th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

5:45 - 6:30 pm

It was much colder tonight than it was yesterday when we broke a record high temp with a 78 degree day.  Temps were in the 50’s (F) with dark clouds and a bit of light rain on and off.  My week day evening watches are getting shorter I’m afraid.

My route into downtown Rochester usually takes me by the Kodak Tower first.  I parked near Frontier Stadium and checked out the south and west side of the tall building.  There was a falcon on the west side of the launch pad and it looked like it had food. It took off and and flew around to the north side.  I could hear loud ee-chups and the falcon reappeared, landing on the southeast corner of the launch pad, then moving out of view.

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I headed over to the northeast side of the Kodak Tower where I was able to see the falcon on the northeast corner of the launch pad.  I do believe this was Dot.ca, due to the smaller size and very white chest.  While I was watching Dot.ca, Joyce and Brian reported that they had a falcon up inside the OCSR elevator shaft.  Probably Beauty.  Due to his behavior and vocalization, I really thought she might have been somewhere on the Kodak Tower.  Was there something else that had his attention?  I checked all sides of the Kodak Tower, but did not find anything in the low light.  Dot.ca remained on this corner looking north until 6:20 pm, when he took off and headed south towards downtown.  It was dark by then.  There were no further vocalizations after what I heard when I first arrived.

I’ll leave you with a few pics of the Kodak Tower and Dot.ca.  Goodnight all!

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Morning watch 10-29-14

October 29th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The morning was dark and overcast with a temperature of 51 (F) 10 (C)

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I saw our Seneca Towers falcons for the first time in 4 days this morning. YAY When I first looked I saw 99 on the west side railing. I grabbed my camera and he was gone when I looked back up. He returned and a few minutes later Billie arrived landing on the railing to his left. They both feaked so I believe they had just eaten up on the roof. His crop was full-hers was not.

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Billie and 99 hung out just a few minutes before flying southeast at 7:47am with Buffalo Billie leaving first followed by 99.

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I left for downtown finding Beauty under the northeast wing and Dot.Ca (DC) above her on the northwest wing ring of Times Square (TSB).  I parked on Basin St. in the hole by the Wilder building to observe. They flew off  to the north a few minutes later.

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I also went north to look for them and found DC on the northeast corner of the Frontier Communications Tower platform from State and Church St. I drove to the City Hall parking lot to check him out.

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DC was just looking around for a few minutes then he flew west at 8:39am

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I made my way back to the hole as I spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury with food. She was plucking away at the feathers.

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Suddenly, she stopped eating-I heard vocalizing and in a blur, DC flew in, and as Beauty took off with her food, he tried to grab it from her.

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He proceeded to follow her over to the Irving Place building where she came to rest on a chimney and DC landed on the peaked roof above her.

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I watched them until 9:30am as Beauty ate and DC looked down at her in between watching the area.

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I would have liked to stay to see if DC got any of the Beautyful one’s leftovers (I’m sure he did) but I had to be somewhere. I ended my watch smiling after seeing all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons! :)

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Morning watch 10-28-14

October 28th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A very mild fall morning with a busy breeze, overcast conditions and a starting temperature of  64 (F) 18 (C)

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For the 3rd straight day I have seen no falcons at Seneca Towers or Hawkeye either before or after going downtown for my watch. I’m sure they’re out there somewhere-probably just changed up their routine.

I was a bit late arriving downtown today at 8am as there was a major traffic back up on Lake Ave. due to milling of the intersection at Lyell Ave. I didn’t have to look for long as I pulled over on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) to see both Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) on the base of Mercury. He was in the green part and she was on the corner behind him on the concrete part. She stood there facing him and he kept looking over his shoulder at her.

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At one point, he turned so much that he lost his balance and almost got blown off by the wind.  A couple minutes later DC flew off to the northwest and a minute after that it was revealed what he kept looking at over his shoulder-FOOD. Beauty started plucking feathers after she looked around to see that the coast was clear. Funny little man, that DC! Here I thought he was looking at Beauty, but as you can plainly see on one of my videos he was interested in what was under her.

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She went to the far side of the base where I could only see the top of her head at times-so I went down to the hole where I could have seen her had she not flown off before I got there.

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I went in search of these tricky little falcons and 20 minutes later  I spotted DC from across the river on Bragdon St. where I was checking the elevator shaft. He was on the Elwanger and Barry building across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel eating. By the time I got to State St. he was gone so I continued on and found him on the base of Mercury. No doubt he was checking for any leftovers Beauty had left behind earlier.

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I drove down to the hole where Bank Place meets Aqueduct St. and caught him just before he flew off to the Times Square building at 8:32am coming to rest under the southeast wing.

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Now parked on Basin St. and facing Times Square I could see Beauty under the northeast wing with her back to me. DC feaked a bit then flew off less than 10 minutes later to parts unknown.

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Beauty turned to watch DC fly away and this is how I spent the rest of my watch-sharing space with the Beautyful one. I checked for DC on my way out of downtown but didn’t see him again. I ended my watch at 9:45am. That boy makes me smile on a regular basis with his food loving antics! :)

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Monday Evening Falcon Watch - 10/27/14

October 28th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was a beautiful fall evening.  Before I arrived downtown at about 5:45 pm, Joyce had texted at 4:18 pm that she had juvie Peregrine Falcon at the BS location.  She took pictures, so hopefully she’ll be able to tell if this young falcon was banded or not.

I found Beauty up in the OCSR elevator shaft and from the front of the Radisson, I could also see Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower’s northeast box below the platform.

Joyce joined me near the Radisson and while we were chatting, loud ee-chups filled the air.  Dot.ca flew up into the elevator shaft and out again.  He headed east over the river and “U-turned” back towards the OCSR, this time zipping up into the elevator shaft to the north ledge.  All was quiet.  We walked over to where we could see both elevator shaft ledges, but by then it was too dark to see anything.  We believe that both Beauty and Dot.ca were there.

Joyce had to leave, so I headed over to the south side of the Xerox Tower and stayed there until 6:30 pm.  No Falcons arrived, so I believe that both Beauty and Dot.ca roosted together in the OCSR elevator shaft last night.

*NEWS ABOUT JUVIE SEEN AT BS LOCATION BY JOYCE:

“I checked my pics last night.  I don’t think the juvie at BS is banded.  I had some take-off shots and couldn’t see any bands.  But, I didn’t get any standing leg shots.”

Morning watch 10-27-14

October 27th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a cool 37 (F) 3 (C) degrees at the start with sunny blue skies

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For the second day in a row there were no falcons present at Seneca Towers or Hawkeye. I didn’t find any falcons on my first trip around downtown but as I was stopped at the traffic light at Chestnut and Broad St. I raised my binocs to check around. I could see Dot.Ca (DC) under the northeast wing of Times Square, so I went to the Broad St. Bridge where I found Beauty on the base of Mercury eating around 7:45am.

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DC flew over to the Mercury money bag (MMB) about 20 minutes later.

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The Beautyful one finished eating, did some feaking and walked away from where she was eating. She proceeded to do more cleaning up and pooped before jumping up to the green part of the base.

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Beauty turned around to face me after some more feaking, sporting a full crop, then she did a wing stretch and settled down.

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In the meantime DC flew off into a stoop toward the river, flew over to Times Square landing under the northeast wing and immediately off into another stoop before returning to the MMB with no food.

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DC was very alert and ready to grab an unsuspecting bird for breakfast. Beauty took off around 8:20am and flew downriver and up into the elevator shaft of OCSR. DC spotted something flew out over the river and hit a very small bird twice before going back up to the money bag. This birdie was so small that I couldn’t even see it in his talon.

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I could however, see a feather hanging from his beak as he flew off Mercury over to Times Square coming to rest under the northeast wing where he started eating. I drove down to Basin St. in the hole by  the Wilder building where I saw him pluck very few tiny feathers before consuming his prey very quickly with his back to me. He spent maybe 10-15 minutes on it then turned to face me and show off his whiteness.

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DC stayed perched up there for quite some time surveying his territory and just being himself until 9:33am when he flew north.

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I checked Kodak Office and the Frontier Communications Tower but didn’t see anyone. Next, I checked the OCSR elevator shaft but Beauty wasn’t there.  I spotted her on the northeast cube of FCT from the Andrews St. bridge as I came back from Bragdon St. on the east side. My thinking is that she had come out of the elevator shaft when DC took off-he keeps close tabs on her and vise versa.

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I didn’t have time to look for DC as I had an appointment to get to, but I’ll bet he was up in the tower somewhere near Beauty. I ended my watch at 10am smiling after a bright and sunny watch spent with our downtown Peregrine Falcon pair! :)

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Weekend Catch-up - 10/25 and 10/26/14

October 27th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Saturday - 10/25/14

Went on a road trip with Kathy O, Lisa McK and Dana to Syracuse to visit with Pigott and her unbanded and unnamed mate.  On our way we stopped at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.  This is one of my favorite spots.  We weren’t disappointed, in fact we were thrilled to see 10 Bald Eagles and a large assortment of ducks we were able to ID with the help of Lisa’s bird book.  Pintail Ducks were a life bird for me.  They are beautiful.  Two juvie Bald Eagles were hanging out together and chatting with each other.  At the Knox-Marcellus Marsh we saw 8 Bald Eagles; 2 flying over the marsh and 6 on the ground, five surrounding one juvie eagle that was mantling food.  There was only one adult in that mix.

We then spent the day at Syracuse, mostly searching for Pigott and her mate.  We saw no falcons until the male came in to hunt at about 5:00 pm.  It was fun watching him as he stooped after birds over the city and landed on different buildings.  As our light was fading, the Crows started to stream into the city, so like Rochester.  Finally, a 2nd falcon zipped through and landed on the Chase sign.  About 15 minutes later, the male also flew to the Chase building.  By this time it was too dark to see them, so no way to positively ID them.  I do believe that it was Pigott coming in after spending the day elsewhere.

During the day, we checked out the whole city, but were unable to find them.  We were all able to finally see two falcons at the end of the day.

Sunday, 10/26/14

I didn’t get downtown until 5:00 pm.  When I was parking on the Broad St Bridge, a falcon flew in from the east, over the river and landed on top of the Mercury statue.  There was a lot of activity on South Ave across between the South Ave Ramp Garage and the Riverside Convention Center.  Lots of police and fire fighters.  I took a few pics and then moved closer.  I was shocked to see a helicopter landed on the street, blade spinning.  It was a mercy flight copter.  When the engine started to crank, I quickly changed to video as the helicopter took off and flew directly over me heading southwest.  Now that wasn’t something I ever saw on my falcon watch!  Joyce later texted me that there had been an EMT convention downtown and that the mercy flight helicopter had landed there on Thursday.

When I looked back at Mercury, the falcon was gone.  From the Radisson Hotel, I could see a falcon up inside the elevator shaft on the south ledge with its back to me.  Sorry to say, I was never able to ID this falcon as Dot.ca or Beauty. I remained downtown until 6:30 pm, when it was too dark to see anything.  Up until that time, no falcon had landed on top of the Xerox building.

Morning watch 10-26-14

October 26th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Back to gloomy overcast conditions this morning with temperature of 49 (F) 10 (C)

Truth is there isn’t really much to report today as I saw the back of  Dot.Ca for about 10 minutes. He was on the top ibeam of OCSR southeast side.

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One of the times I was returning from the east side, I spotted a falcon on the base of Mercury-it appeared to be eating but when I got down to the hole to watch, it was gone. The rest of my 2 hour watch was spent in search of falcons. Nothing seen or heard at Hawkeye or Seneca Towers either before or after my downtown watch. Keep smiling folks! :)

Morning watch 10-25-14

October 25th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was 51 (F) 11 (C) with sunny conditions once the morning haze burned away

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To my delight I was treated to some falcon flying this morning above Seneca Towers! When I started Billie and 99 were on the west railing-soon after Billie flew off looped around the north end of the building and flew down to the south end where she landed on the same antenna she was on the last time these two flew for me. 99 came off the railing and landed below her on the roof then he was off again.

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99 landed on the elevator shaft railing for a moment then did some flying for Buffalo Billie and I. When he was done he landed on a wire/cable that was attached to the antenna Billie was perched on at the south end of the building.

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99 hung on for a minute or so then did some more showing off for his girl before landing on the west side railing  near the south end. Soon after Billie flew southeast and 99 followed behind her soon there after and they didn’t return.

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I left for downtown around 7:50am but I was detained as I came across Billie and 99 at the closed Kodak  Hawkeye plant- I go right past it on St. Paul St. at Driving Park/Avenue A. They were on the railing near the nest box that’s been up there for years and to our knowledge, has never been used.

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I totally think they were checking it out-they both were hatched in a nest box or tray so it would only make sense for them to choose one. For all I know they may have been checking it before today. Oh boy, this story gets more and more interesting as time goes on! Just to give you an idea of how things are laid out-the Driving Park bridge and Genesee River are on the other (west) side of where I am watching.

Billie flew over to a spot on the railing closer to the nest box and then a little after 8am first Billie then 99 flew off to the west out of sight.

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So now I made my way to downtown where I found Beauty under the northeast wing of Times Square (TSB). I parked over by the Blue Cross Arena (BCA) on Exchange Blvd. to get a side view of her since she had her back facing out.

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I left to get coffee and when I came back the Beautyful one was gone. I took a ride looking for them and as I got back to the TSB area I spotted Beauty back under the northeast wing so I returned to my spot by the BCA. After a minute or so, I noticed Dot.Ca (DC) on the southeast wing ring high above on the tippy top of the TSB. He was in hunt mode as he stooped 3 times and returned to the wing ring unsuccessfully.

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Beauty remained on the northeast wing ledge the whole time until 9:15am when she and DC flew south toward Cornhill.

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I had to get going so I ended my watch with a smile at 9:15am after seeing all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons!

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Morning watch 10-24-14

October 24th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The day started with a temperature of 48 (F) 9 (C) and it was mostly sunny

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There were no falcons seen at Seneca Towers when I left for downtown this morning. After checking the east side for Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) I spotted him under the northeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB) and Beauty on the top ibeam south side of OCSR from the Broad St. bridge (BSB). I drove down to the hole to get closer but Beauty left while I was in transit, so I got situated over on Basin St. by the Wilder building to watch DC. At first he was feaking which led me to believe he had eaten.

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I started taping him when Beauty flew up and landed next to him-he immediately went to the back of the ledge then flew over to the southeast wing ledge.

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While I was watching Beauty around 8am she flew northeast and when I looked over to DC he was gone too. A couple minutes later as I was just about to leave I noticed the Beautyful one over on one of the fake chimneys of Irving Place (the building Widows Walk is on. She was plucking flowers and began eating prey-I thought she must have caught something when she flew off TSB but she finished pretty quick so I believe she had cached food.

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I drove over to the alley, also named Irving Place, to get as close as I could to Beauty.

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Beauty took off at 8:10am flying northeast once again-I heard vocalization coming from somewhere and saw a falcon shadow on the Wilder building so I drove over to the hole to have a look around.

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A few minutes later Beauty showed up under the southeast wing of TSB. She had her back facing out so I parked on Exchange Blvd. nest to the Blue Cross Arena to get a side view.

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I left to look for DC to no avail, stopping on the Court St. bridge to check out the river life below. The usual gathering of ducks and gulls enjoying the sunshine that has been missing for a few days.

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Back to my spot to watch Beauty who was looking especially lovely in the morning sun.

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I stayed with her until about 9:10am when she started dozing. I checked for DC one more time before leaving downtown but didn’t find him.

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When I got to Seneca Towers there were no falcons to be seen as I checked every side of the building. I took a pic of the east side from the Northwest Church property before heading home.

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I closed another falcon watch smiling for not only seeing Beauty and DC but because the sun was shining down on me! :)

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Morning watch 10-23-14

October 23rd, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

My only complaint about morning watches is this time of year there isn’t  much sun and today was no exception. Overcast, dark conditions prevailed with a temperature of 46 (F) 8 (C)

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So yesterday I had 3 falcons at Seneca Towers and today-nada! Neither before nor after  going downtown did I see a falcon here. I’m sure they’re all out playing! ;)

My downtown watch today consisted of  Dot.Ca (DC) eating on the OCSR building. I spotted him on the southeast side 2nd ibeam down from the Broad St. Bridge. I went down to the hole-parking on Bank Place where it meets Aqueduct St. This was the closest I could get today.

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DC was on the move as he ate turning several times and when he finished eating he did a lot of feaking as he started to walk toward the south corner. He would take a few steps then feak, take a few more steps then feak-he did have a feather stuck to his cere as well. Around 8:30am I was about to tweet that DC had finished his meal and ws sporting a full crop when I got a tweet from Pat, who works in the Thomson Reuters building, saying she saw a falcon near the southwest corner. Thanks to her I was able to report that it was Beauty-she had her back to me.

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I stayed in the hole for a bit longer and when it seemed that DC was going to remain on his ibeam I decided to drive over to State St. across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel where I could see the front of the Beautyful one and share space with her before heading home. She was snoozing on and off with a depleted crop, so I knew she hadn’t eaten yet. Perhaps DC shared his leftovers with her after I left.

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I left downtown and when I got home to Seneca Towers and didn’t find any falcons at home after checking all 4 sides of the building I called it a watch at 9:40am. Thanks for putting a smile on my face Beauty and DC! :)

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